Hialeah firefighters help free family’s missing dog from underneath shed

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Firefighters helped rescue a Hialeah family’s dog from underneath a shed after he went missing for days.

A family at West 12th Court, near 69th Street, had been looking for their dog Rascal since Monday.

Hialeah Fire Rescue crews were searching around the home and had almost given up when they heard a noise near the shed, so they dug with a shovel until they found Rascal.

“I was just feeling around in the dirt, and I felt something soft,” Hialeah Firefighter Rolando Montenegro said. “I looked down there, and I saw his fur, so I said, ‘Well, he’s still here,’ so we pulled out all of the concrete. I was just able to pull him out. I didn’t even think he was going to be able to walk, but he just ran out and went looking for his food.”

Maria Rivero, Rascal’s owner, was left stunned by his hiding place, but everyone is happy he is OK.

“Well, he was walking,” Rivero said. “Listen, he was walking, and he was alive, very happy.”

It’s still unclear exactly how long Rascal was under there or how he even got under there.

Rascal was taken to the veterinarian to be treated for dehydration, and he is expected to be OK.

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